Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary, 17 Barker Road, Lebanon, CT, 06249

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Scheduling a Majestic Visit

Our schedules are unbelievably packed, but when we have openings, we do welcome guests to tour our sanctuary. For your safety, we do not allow visitors onto the site during the winter season or when ground conditions are wet or slippery. We offer tours for educational purposes and to raise much-needed funds for our sanctuary.

Pre-approved adopters* are always welcome at our sanctuary, all year-round!

*Pre-approved adopters have completed our online adoption application and have received email confirmation that they are approved to adopt our ducks or geese.


$10.00 Visiting Donation (not required of our pre-approved adopters)

Tours commonly last about an hour. Because this is an infringement of valuable sanctuary time, we ask our non-member visitors to make a minimum Visiting Donation of $10.00 per person at the start of the tour.

Remember, these funds all go to the sanctuary and directly benefit the animals you will be seeing. If you enjoy your visit, please consider making an additional donation at the end of your tour!


Children

Although we love children, our sanctuary is not conducive to visits by children under 6 years of age. Older children are welcome provided they understand that they will need to use their quiet voices, that emotional outbreaks are not allowed and that running on the premises is not permitted. The ducks and geese here enjoy their serene conditions and appreciate children with good listening ears. Please use your good judgment in helping us maintain these tranquil conditions.

Majestic reserves the right to ask any visitors to leave the premises immediately and without refund.

If you are a pre-approved adopter, your full family is welcome to join you, including your young children; however, because we have ponds in all of our pens, they can only be allowed access under certain circumstances. Additionally, please keep in mind that we will be entering animal enclosures where little fingers should never end up in little mouths.

Please let us know ahead of time if any children under six will be accompanying you.


Make an Appointment

Visits to the sanctuary are scheduled by appointment ONLY and are arranged via email. Visitors showing up without an appointment will be turned away.

Appointments are commonly scheduled on Saturdays between 11 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. depending on our availability. Please use the Sanctuary Visitor Form below to schedule your visit and be sure to include your phone number with area code in case of an emergency cancellation.

Appointments for our pre-approved adopters can be scheduled for any day of the week, but we prefer to adopt on Friday nights or Saturday mornings, so you will have a full weekend home with your new ducks or geese.


Confirm Your Appointment

Because a visitor "no-show" can seriously impact our schedule, and subsequently our animals, we ask all visitors to confirm their appointments via email a day prior to their visit, which is usually Friday.

If your plans change for any reason, please email us and let us know as soon as possible.


Arrive on Time

Please keep in mind, our schedules are very tight. We ask all of our visitors to plan ahead, leave early and arrive on time! Failure to arrive on time will likely result in the cancellation of your appointment because we need to move on to other vital sanctuary tasks.

Pre-approved adopters please arrive on time too! The adoption process can last anywhere from 30 - 60 minutes depending on who you're adopting and the types of questions you may have.


Emergency Cancellations

Please pardon us, rescue work is unpredictable and animal emergencies can arise suddenly and without warning. This may result in cancellations or rescheduling.

We respect that your time is valuable too and commonly notify visitors via email at least 24 hours in advance of any changes to our schedule.

In rare instances and in extreme emergencies, we may need to call you the morning of your visit to cancel or reschedule your visit, so please remember to provide us with your phone number when scheduling a visit.

Harsh or bad weather, including extreme heat, may also lead to postponements or cancellations. We will normally review weather concerns with you when you confirm your appointment the day before your visit. 


Directions

Our sanctuary is located at: 

17 Barker Road
Lebanon, Connecticut 06249

If you do not have a GPS be sure you have a good street map for the last few miles of the journey. Most people find us without difficulty, but a few get lost within 1-2 miles of our sanctuary. We have very poor cell reception here, so be sure you have good directions with you.


Liability Waiver (not required of our pre-approved adopters)

Visitors under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. For the protection of our sanctuary, we may ask visitors to sign a Liability Waiver before starting the tour. Parents/guardians must sign for any minors under 18 years of age.


Our Geese

Remember, you are a stranger to our sanctuary. Please expect the geese to react to your arrival by running over and sounding the "Stranger Danger" alarm. It can take a few minutes for us to reassure the gaggle, so be prepared for a bit of noise until we do. Don't worry, our geese have their own private enclosure and cannot reach you.

Our geese can be overwhelming at first, but they are very interactive and once we take you into their pen to meet them, you are going to love them!


Snacks!

Although our ducks and geese are used to us, they are very shy around strangers. Our rescues will usually not approach people they don't know and see every day UNLESS you come with snacks!

Snacks are not required in order to visit, but they make a big difference on whether you will be seeing our ducks & geese or interacting with them. You decide!

Summer Treats

If you'd like to bring a snack, and you're coming in Summer, our ducks and geese LOVE watermelon! That's right! No need to cut the melon, we'll cut them into eighths when you arrive. Our rescues will eat the juicy centers right out of the rinds in your hands!

Ducks and geese are a lot like children, if you don't bring enough for everyone, they will get very upset. For this reason, if you plan to bring treats, please bring one large watermelon or two small ones; otherwise, in fairness to all, we'll have to say no.

Spring, Fall & Winter Treats

If you're coming in Fall, Winter or Spring, our ducks and geese all enjoy sealed bags or containers of "Spring Mix" lettuce. The brand name is not important, just be sure they are fresh and there is no spinach in the mix, which can cause trouble for our laying hens.

Ducks and geese are a lot like children, if you don't bring enough for everyone, they will get very upset. For this reason, if you plan to bring treats, please bring at least seven 5 oz. bags of lettuce (or three 12 oz. tubs); otherwise, in fairness to all, we'll have to say no.

   


Meet Our Guests!

For more fun during your visit, review our Adoption Profiles now and get yourself acquainted with our rescues. Visitors who learn about our ducks and geese online before arriving often have a more pleasurable visit.


Access Into Our Enclosures

Depending on the nature of our feathered residents and sanctuary activity, you may not be granted access inside all of our pens during your tour, but we will try to take you inside at least one of them provided you are dressed appropriately for an interior visit.

We normally walk visitors through The Courtyard, Abby's Goose Run and The Gardens, but there are occasions when one or more of these enclosures are off-limits.


FOR YOUR SAFETY:

Visitors wearing sandals, flip-flops, heels, clogs, or any other unsafe or open shoe options will NOT be admitted into our pens or barn.


FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR ANIMALS:

Quarantine procedures:

All visitors intending to enter our enclosures or barn MUST wear boots or sneakers with good tread. Waterproof boots are preferable! A pair of polyethylene boots* with elastic cuffs will be given to each visitor to pull over the tops of your shoes or boots.

 - Polyethylene Boots w/ Elastic Cuff M-XL
Photo Courtesy of: www.farmtek.com

*There may be occasions where we are out-of-stock of polyethylene boots. In these instances visitors will be required to dip the tread of their shoes into a sanitizing footbath upon entering and leaving our pens and barn. This footbath consists of Virkon S and water.

Jewelry is not permitted:

All visitors must remove their watches, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings*, etc. before stepping onto the premises. Please leave them in your car or at home!

*Wedding/engagement rings that can't come off are fine.   

Damaged clothing is not permitted:

Loose buttons, snaps, eyelets, drawstrings, etc. can be a real hazard to our animals. Please choose your clothes carefully before coming to visit. We will be giving all coats and jackets a good once over before allowing entrance into our pens. 

Empty your pockets:

Please empty your pant, shirt and coat pockets before leaving your home.

We will ask you to turn out your pockets to confirm no foreign objects gain access anywhere near or into our pens. We will explain the dangers of these objects during your visit!

Cameras:

Cameras without straps or loose lenses are allowed into the pens after first being inspected for safety.

Still photography only is permitted. No flash photography please.

Absolutely No Smoking:

For the health & safety of ourselves, our animals and our volunteers, smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property.

Unacceptable Sanctuary Behavior

Our rescued ducks and geese thrive in a serene environment and are very conscious of noise levels. Majestic reserves the right to ask any visitors to leave the premises immediately and without refund if we feel they are stressing our animals.

Non-Liability

Majestic is not responsible or liable for any lost, stolen or damaged property including, but not limited to clothing and cameras. If you bring it into our pens, it is entirely at your own risk.


SANCTUARY VISITOR FORM:  

 

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